KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army formally launches the AFP Bamboo Reforestation Project at Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur around 6 a.m. December 17, 2014.
The event started with a formal lauching ceremony led by Colonel Loreto C. Magundayao, Acting Chief of Staff in lieu of Brigadier General Gerardo F Barrientos Jr, Commander of 1st Infantry Division who officiated the Change of Command Ceremony at 101st Infantry Brigade. Colonel Magundayao was assisted by Colonel Michael Lowell B Chiong, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Miltiary Operations, G7 during the program.
The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division launched the Bamboo Reforestation Project (BRP) which is one of the priority projects of CSAFP and in line with the National Greening Program. The BRP aims to contribute to the mitigation of Climate Change and Disaster Management considering its carbon capture capability and cheaper reforestation cost.
The activity is also part of line-up of events to commemorate the 79th AFP Anniversary. The BRP was also replicated in different field units of the Division. This activity will be sustained thru the establishment of Bamboo nursery in all camps of the 1st Infantry Division under its area.
The 200 pieces of Giant Bamboo seedlings variety were procured all the way from the Bamboo nursery in Masuan, Bukidnon planted at vicinity Jungle Base, Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division. The planting site is near a waterway which is an ideal site for Bamboo planting.
BGen Barrientos said that “This Bamboo Reforestation Project is a modest contribution of Team Tabak in mitigating the effects of Climate Change and Global Warming. Bamboo is a very economical to plant because it requires less maintenance and in 3-5 years it can yield results. It can also be a source of livelihood because of its different uses. The Tabak Troopers joins our AFP in being “Green Warriors” and it only shows that the soldiers are also concern with environmental protection and conservation.